SATURDAY MARCH 4

FLEA MARKETDJ Candlewax, Josh Roberts, and Greg Skidmore's Flea Market is gaining momentum as a must-hit night for voraciously eclectic music aficionados. The third edition of this monthly hosts Ghostly International's Idol Tryouts Vol. 2 CD-release party (www.idoltryouts.com). Arrive early for the CD and T-shirt giveaways (nepotism alert: the latter designed by Data Breaker's brother, Michael Segal). If that isn't enough (and it is, trust me), the residents will consistently trigger trainspotting instincts and plenty of epiphanies as they lay down acutely chosen, decades-spanning mixes of dancehall, ghetto tech, IDM, techno, hiphop, and other styles proven to raise serotonin levels. Guests include Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight), whose MySpace page includes a ludicrously thorough and diverse list of influences (Hakan Lidbo, Yes, Bambaataa, etc.) and DJ Veins, who combines exceptionally quirky record selection with amazingly inept beat-matching. Chapel, 1600 Melrose Ave, 447-4180, 9 pm–2 am, free, 21+.

MONDAY MARCH 6

HOT CHIP, STEREOLABNearly everyone except your columnist seems to be getting all moist for Hot Chip. XLR8R slapped the quintet on its January/February cover and many other glossies and inkies are lavishing kudos on the London-based upstarts. Most curious. All I hear on Hot Chip's debut album, Coming on Strong (Moshi Moshi/Astralwerks), are laid-back, sub–Junior Boys electronica lite, tepid house for people who don't really like house, a bleached Prince homage (see the cheekily titled "Down with Prince"), and vocalists who sound like Jeff Buckley with a quarter of the late singer's range and Nick Drake without the bittersweet gravitas. But maybe the album is a grower and I need to let it marinate before really "getting" it. So go to the Showbox tonight and have yourself a reasonably adequate time. Also playing: everybody's favorite Marxist bossa/Kraut-rock/retro-futurist group, Stereolab, supporting the drab Fab Four Suture. Despite the occasional lackluster recording over their 15-year career, Stereolab usually bring the fire live. They're getting on in years, though, so you may want to make an extra effort to catch what may be this important band's last Seattle appearance. Showbox, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 8 pm, $16 adv/$18 DOS, 21+.

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